Three weeks after receiving a kidney transplant from his brother, a former Ravens' player, Chris Kemoeatu has heard all of the wisecracks. "Everyone jokes about me having a Ravens' kidney," he says. His brother, Ma'ake, gave it to him.
Former Ravens starting nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu successfully donated a kidney to his younger brother, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu during a surgical procedure in August.
It was eight years ago when Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs got ejected from a road game against the Detroit Lions by referee Mike Carey, who famously said the Pro Bowl pass rusher "bumped me with malice in his heart." Now, Suggs returns to Ford Field on Monday night for the first time since the Ravens set a franchise record with 21 penalties during a 35-17 loss that prompted coach Brian Billick to apologize
The Ravens' front office has earned plenty of praise for their decisions during the draft but it is also in the minutes after the final pick has been made, a period that assistant general manager Eric DeCosta equated to a "feeding frenzy," where the organization has historically done some of its best work.
Cody missed the Week 11 game in Pittsburgh to have his elbow drained, snapping a string of 38 straight games, then gutted it out the rest of the season. In addition to the pain in his hip and his elbow, the criticism from outside the team's facility stung, too, but Cody refused to disclose the extent of his injuries and use them as an excuse for a disappointing season.
Months before they would lift the Lombardi Trophy into the confetti-filled air, the Ravens' top decision makers started to have regular discussions about the future of the organization and the potentially wide-scale changes it would face following the 2012 season.
The projected front seven of the Baltimore Ravens defense weighs will weigh just under a ton, which is also about the same as a smart car, a large walrus or the Johnny Unitas statue outside M&T Bank Stadium.
On Sunday, the Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, and they will attempt to win their second Lombardi Trophy with a roster largely constructed with homegrown players raised in the Ravens Way.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers reader questions about the Ravens' 28-13 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game, and looks ahead to the team's Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
After missing two of the previous three seasons because of a torn right Achilles tendon in 2009 and a shoulder injury in 2011, Ma'ake Kemoeatu played in 15 games in the regular season, making 13 starts.
After manhandling a soft Raiders front seven, the Ravens' line will be tested by the Steelers' OLB tandem of James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Their extensive repertoire of pass-rushing moves is formidable
Now that the Ravens have officially finished up the first half of their schedule, let's take a look at the snap counts for their players over the first eight games of the season -- and since we last checked on these totals a month ago -- to see which new trends are developing. These official snap counts come courtesy of the NFL.
But meeting that expectation has become a challenge. Cody, who entered the season battling to regain his starting job, is among a batch of young defensive players the Ravens need to live up to their lofty draft status. The need is even more important for a defense now vulnerable with inspirational middle linebacker Ray Lewis and shutdown cornerback Lardarius Webb on injured reserve.
After spending the bye week meeting with coaches and reviewing every aspect of the Ravens' play through the first seven games, coach John Harbaugh said there are no plans to make "wholesale changes" before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, and acknowledged that there isn't a simple fix to the team's road woes.
Now that the Ravens have been fined $20,000 by the NFL for not listing free safety Ed Reed on the injury report, coach John Harbaugh says the team will list every injury going forward to comply with the stated interpretation of the rulebook.